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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

File Away Kitchen Counter Clutter with a Kitchen Organizer

A friend came over this afternoon and we both made cute little Kitchen Organizers. I originally saw the video on StampTV.   So after my friend saw it, we set a date to make them.

         








USA Days 2 & 3

Yesterday (Monday) we began How to Make a Cherry Pie and see the USA. We read through the book and completed a few mini books.

Today (Tuesday) we completed more mini books for our Cherry Pie/USA unit.
We also read one of the excerpts from Missionary Stories with the Millers. It was a story about an Earthquake that hit Alaska in 1964. A wave in the ocean also hit the land at 30 feet high, wiping out homes etc.
It was a really good story and the kids enjoyed it.

We also looked at a few pictures online of the Grand Canyon. (Which we will be reading about tomorrow-Wednesday.)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Retro Scrap Apron

Well I had scrap material left over from the Elvis apron. I only purchased 1 yard of the Elvis fabric, and 1/2 yard of the polka dot fabric. (They were on sale, so I only paid $6.00 for the material. ) 
So now 2 aprons have only cost me $3.00 each. 
I gotta shop for some pretty sale fabrics and keep them on hand for projects like these.

Anyway here is dd's apron. (Now I wish I had enough material to make me an Elvis one too.)
She's not a fan. When I showed it to her she said "Mom, Is Michael Jackson even alive?"
I had to explain that this was Elvis, Not Michael Jackson, and no both are now gone.


I went ahead and added a small ruffle to the bottom. 
But I really need to learn how to do them better. I'll keep practicing. 
So this makes Sewing project  #4.


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Elvis Retro Apron -My 3rd Sewing project




I found this beautiful Elvis material the other day! And I just had to get it. My MIL is crazy about Elvis.

So I thought she might like a purse or apron made out of it. (I must admit apron's are much faster to make.)
If you forget the ruffle that is. The last ruffle, well let's just say it is fine for something to wear around the house, but not to give as a gift, at least not until I get much better at my sewing.


I just used the shape from the last apron and cut around it with pinking shears. I like the ties longer so you can tie in the front or on the side, I think it looks cuter that way. I also added the pockets. (I liked the polka dots, and they seemed to fit in with the material. )

Anyway I think she will like it. I plan to send it to her for Mother's Day. 


Friday, February 19, 2010

Time4Learning Week 2 Review

home education

We continued our trial period this week in Time4Learning. So far things are going pretty well adding it in.
For some reason Gary's computer doesn't access the site fast enough. So I am going to have to stagger the kids times on my computer. (Which will make it a bit harder to work around.)

But I figure I can let Peyton work on the computer first thing in the morning, and then we can do our devotion time and reading and then Lexi can work on the computer. (This will give me some time in the morning to work with Lexi independently in Math, Phonics.)

I usually have each child do 2 lessons in Math and LA, and 1 in Science and 1 in Social Studies/History.

These are the current benefits I feel it gives us.
1. It helps fill educational gaps. (Since I tend to love Unit Studies, this really rounds us out.)
2. It falls in accordance with State and National Standards
3. And the biggest reason-My kids really like it. (Well Peyton likes it, Lexi likes the phonics but really doesn't like the rest that much.)
4. I can keep it flexible and use it as a tool. (Not letting it become the dictating force in our homeschool, but a tool to add to it.)

So for now I plan to continue using Time4Learning through the Spring and Summer months and then re-evaluate my needs for the fall semester.

North America Unit Day 1 (GTG)

Today we read about North America. We discovered that there are 3 major countries in N.A. (US, Mexico and Canada.) But that there are 10 countries in all.

We also read through Our Father's World (Rod and Staff) We read about the minerals and products in North America. We learned that it is bordered by the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic Oceans.

Peyton did a map listing the major countries of N.A. and listing the population and describing the geography of America.


Lexi completed the cross word and a map coloring activity in R&S Our Father's World book.


I also introduced the US. (As being our first destination in NA to study.) We read America Is.






North America Unit (USA)


Our next unit will be in North America. We will be learning about the USA first. The books and units I have chosen are:

HSS Unit and Lapbook

How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A

Across America -I love You-(Read Together)
Across America, I Love You

They Were Strong and Good (FIAR Unit)

They Were Strong and Good

America Is
America Is...

Learning about the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon: A Trail Through Time

We will also be reading through
Minn of the Mississippi
Minn of the Mississippi

and watching the video Paddle to the Sea

Paddle to the Sea (Released by Janus Films, in association with the Criterion Collection)

I expect for this unit that we will be doing more draw/write notebook type pages. 
(As I really want my children to be able to take what they learn and write about it each day.)
 I hope to add some of their daily journaling about things we are learning. 

Thursday, February 18, 2010

My 2nd sewing project-An Apron


An Apron

 
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Grandma's Apron

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Antarctica Lapbook

Our Antarctica Lapbook. These pages were added to our Galloping the Globe Spiral

Map of Antarctica

Illustrated Vocabulary.
(Sheet is taken from the World Trail Guide.)

Antarctica Mini books (HSS)


Another page DD drew and more mini books from HSS.





DWN page on Penguins
DWN page on Auroras


DWN page on Seals. DD drew in the spots to make it a Leopard Seal.
DWN page on Penguins
Penguin Tear Craft from our Little Hands Co-Op.
Atelier Lesson
Ds's page.

DD's page. 

Friday, February 12, 2010

Time4Learning Review Days 4 & 5

The past two days have went well. I moved our Time4Learning to the end of the day. (Which I believe works much better.) This keeps the kids "learning" minded until 3 PM. If they finish before 3 they can play board games or read a chapter in their books. This morning we had our  Little Hands Art group. So Peyton did a page in MUS, and a spelling assignment and test. Lexi did a page in MUS and a page in LA.

Peyton always manages to get done earlier with T4L. (He still enjoys most of it.) He asked to skip Science,  Social Studies and Math. I told him if I pay for the program he is going to use it all.

Lexi would prefer not to do it at all, but she does enjoy at least the LA portion. She whined today when she found out she had to do it. That was mainly due to the fact that we normally take afternoons after Little Hands off.)

So I am still considering whether to keep the program or not. I do think the reading portion helps Lexi.
I think Peyton learns through games, so I know it is a benefit to him. (Not sure I would throw any of my
current curriculum out though.)

This year I did not go with a formal LA program for Peyton. He has just been working through a book called Sentences to Paragraphs.  So I do like the fact that he is learning about things I have not covered.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Field Trip to Ripley's Aquarium

Today we went to Gatlinburg, to Ripley's Aquarium. This is a great aquarium. We haven't been in a few years so we were really ready for a trip back. We had an even bigger surprise when snow began to fall this morning, shutting down all the schools in the area. We practically had the aquarium all to ourselves. (I bet there wasn't 50 people there today.) So we were able to really take things in without a crowd.

I love the underground tunnel you can walk through, this is a view looking up at the fish.




Our Homeschool group





We got to see the diver feed the fish.


A Giant Spider Crab


Petting the Horseshoe crabs

Mudskipper





A stingray. (He is smiling at us.) At least I think that is a smile!


Petting the stingrays!


What a great trip! This Spring they are bringing in a Penguin Habitat! 
I heard a little about the plans today I think it will be great!

We also had a homeschool program where we learned more about 
life at the poles. The kids made Penguin bead keychains.


Time4Learning Day 3 Review -Crash and Burn!

Today we had a scheduled field trip. My plan was to get the kids to work on Time4Learning for 1 hour before we left at 10:00.

Petyon began at 9:00 and finished a couple LA activities. Then Lexi started about 9:20, for some reason the server went down (the Time4Learning page that is) I could access other sites, and my connection was fine, but I could not access the TL4 page. (Both kids were kicked off, lost all their work for the current activity they were on! Bummer, then they had to repeat that activity. )

Peyton actually managed to get 2 LA and 2 Math activities done. Lexi however only managed to get the LA done.

The page was available again within  5-6 minutes, but all the work they had done was lost.

(I can see this really being an issue for me. ) It is very frustrating to lose all your work.(And then having to take time to re-do it.)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Time4Learning -Day 2 Review

Time4Learning

Today I tweaked our schedule a bit.

Our schedule looked like this:

8:00-9:00 wake, eat, teeth and hair brushed, get dressed, beds made.
9:00-10:00 Seat work
                  Peyton 1-page in Spectrum Spelling
                              1 page in MUS
                              1 page in Bible (Studying God's Word Book E)

                   Lexi  Self Test in LifePac LA
                            Final Test In LifePac Bible
                            1 Page MUS

10:00-10:20 (They played, did cartwheels and wrestled on the floor, while I finished a blog entry.)

10:20-11:05 Worship and Devotions, Reading from Pilgrims Progress, We finished reading Penguin Puzzle, and also read Something to tell the Grandcows (books on Antarctica.)
11:05-11:25  Peyton did his lapbook mini books on Penguins and Artarctica,
and a page on homonyms from the free ebook I received.


11:25 Petyon starts Time4Learning.
Today he works on Idioms and comprehension in LA.
In Math he works on place value to the millions.
In Social Studies he learns about Ancient Mesopotamia
and in Science he learns about The Scientific Method
So far his scores have been 10-100's, 2-88's and 1-80.
(Note you can miss one problem and score an 88 or an 80.
(It also can be the way the question is worded, which I am not really crazy about.)
But that is life.

11:05- 12:00  Lexi does a Draw Write Now Page on Seals.


12:00-12:30 Lexi has lunch.
12:30-2:00 Lexi does T4L.
One thing I really like about her lesson today in LA is that it further builds on the previous lesson
from yesterday. Yesterday her vocabulary words were pictures, when she clicked on them it spelled
the word for her. They were chili, muffin, juice and backpack. They used the words again in a story today
which re-enforced them.

She did a reading comprehension lesson as well. They read a story and then ask questions about the main character. Which I thought was good. They also asked how the main character felt etc.

Another item was something called story creator. She loved the demonstration of this in the tutorial, but
got upset when it showed her backgrounds and props, but then did not give her the same ones to use in her story. Since creating and writing a story would have taken more time than I wanted to commit today, she completed the title and one sentence. (It doesn't seem that you can save your work for another session but we could have printed it out.) I wish there was a way to save it, come back another day and add more to it,  then print it and then we could correct it together another day. Since writing is a process.

In Math she worked on greater than and less than, reading number words, and order in sequence.
I thought the lessons were good and entertaining. A few things I don't like:

1.  If your child clicks a wrong button (Which is easy to do if the mouse gets stuck etc. and you want them to redo a problem or just the test portion, they have to go back in and complete the whole activity and test portion again.) There is no way to skip ahead to just the test. You also cannot just reassign a couple questions, the whole lesson has to be repeated.You also cannot skip through each page of animation. So you have to listen to the whole lesson again, and then re-answer all the questions again. (Good if you want to redo a lesson, but bad if you just need to redo one or two items, or just the test.  (A major difference from SOS, where the teacher can just re-assign certain lessons, or questions within an assignment.)

2. On one of the tests -I felt the question was set to try to trick the student (which I did not appreciate).
The child is taught to order the numbers from least to greatest over and over. They are never taught to reverse the process. But then in the test, a quick change on words appears. Since the test has only 5 questions, missing one answer puts your score at 80%.

3. In the Science and Social Studies sections the text will not read aloud to the student. This could be helpful for unfamiliar terms. Even if they just made it to where the student could just highlight/click a word that is unfamiliar to them.and hear it. (Giving the definition would be awesome.)
SOS does have a reading option that you can choose for each subject.

12:30 -1:00 Peyton has lunch.
1:00-1:30 Peyton finishes T4L activities.

1:30-1:45 Peyton practices piano

2:20 -3:00 We play Zooreaka -Peyton wins. (We will get him next time.)

3:00 Free Time (Lexii has to practice piano and finish homonym page.)
Peyton is allowed to play the playstation today. (Mom bathes the dog and then heads to the shower!)